Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is a museum of great significance, classically sited on the Puke-kawa. At its centre is He Taonga Mãori, the Māori Court containing significant taonga but little architectural representation of Māori and Pacifica culture.
Of limited budget, our project transformed the arrival and order of the museum and the existing south atrium into a place of Manaakitanga, welcome, gathering and ceremony.
A long process of respectful transformation has revealed, deepened and connected. The outcome – compromised arrival transformed into Te Ao Marama (the Realm of Light), the creation of new form and order changing the whole museum’s experience.
The Museum is profoundly altered by the Te Ao Mārama project, servicing and supporting ritual and ceremony, transforming the spacial hierarchy of colonial classicalism and creating space for Māori and Pacifica culture and life.
Te Ao Marama is an aspiration of design for Decolonisation.
Phillip Pham, Animations & Renders
Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director
Daniel Michel, Designer
Carmen Montejo, Graduate of Architecture
Christopher Bridge, Project Associate
Jeff Morehen, Project Director
Simon Barr, Project Principal
Christine Kwong, Project Principal Masterplan
Heidi Sinclair, Senior Architect
Marshall Day, Acoustic Consultant
Norman, Disney & Young, Electrical Consultant
Salmond Reed Architects, Heritage Consultant
Holmes Group, Fire Engineering
Design Tribe Architects, Maori Consultants
Norman, Disney & Young, Mechanical Engineer
Thylacine, Museum Consultants
Xigo, Project Manager
Holmes Group, Structural Engineer